Study: Most consumers desire ‘ultra-gentle’ skin care products
CHICAGO — Sometimes it’s not about what’s in your beauty products — but what isn’t. And this seems to be especially true of the skin care sector. According to Mintel’s Global New Products Database, thus far in 2014, sensitive skin claims represent 25% of total skin care claims, compared with 15% in 2009. What’s more, 71% of facial skincare users say they are interested in ultra-gentle products.
Sales trends between Jan. 1 and April 1 also reflect a move toward natural skin care. Mintel estimates that sales of sensitive/gentle skincare products are more than $202 million, with the majority of sales coming from the facial cleanser and facial moisturizer segments. Sensitive and gentle skincare products also are capturing a greater percentage of facial cleanser and moisturizer sales.
“While facial skin care products have typically highlighted the addition of ingredients such as vitamins and botanicals, the category appears to be moving toward highlighting what’s not in the formula — fragrance, dyes, etc.,” said Shannon Romanowski, senior beauty and personal care analyst. “This move toward gentle skin care is a reflection of consumers’ desire for performance, combined with increased concern and awareness regarding what is being put on their skin.”
Consumers seem to be big fans of the pared-down approach, as almost a quarter (24%) of facial skin care users say they look for products with natural, organic ingredients. Twenty-two percent seek out products that are free from certain ingredients, like parabens or fragrances, and 21% are interested in items that are designed specifically for sensitive skin.
“While future growth is expected to remain slow, there are opportunities for more customized and convenience-driven product options. Value-added products that enhance health and wellness, extend usage occasions or tap into the convenience-driven mindset of male and multicultural shoppers stand to gain,” Shannon said. “In addition, a consumer shift toward gentle skincare benefits also reflects an opportunity, especially among women and Black consumers.”
Canola oil helpful for blood-glucose control in Type 2 diabetics
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — New research presented at the June 2014 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions suggests that canola oil helps control blood glucose in people with Type 2 diabetes when it’s incorporated into a low-glycemic index diet.
As part of the randomized trial, 141 participants with Type 2 diabetes who were taking drugs to control their blood glucose were given either a test or a control diet for a three month period. The test diet was low-GI and higher in fat, including bread made with canola oil (31 g of oil per person a day.) The control diet was healthy, low-fat and high in fiber. The results showed that those who consumed the canola oil diet improved blood glucose control.
“This study shows the advantage of using canola oil in Type 2 diabetes to improve both blood cholesterol and blood glucose control by reducing the glycemic load (GI multiplied by the amount of carbohydrate in the diet), especially in those at highest risk of diabetes complications,” said lead researcher David J.A. Jenkins, M.D., Ph.D., DSc., professor and Canada research chair in nutrition and metabolism in the department of nutritional sciences at University of Toronto, as well as director of St. Michael’s Hospital’s Risk Factor Modification Center. “These findings are timely since diabetes is expected to double in the next 20 years, and means of preventing it and its complications are major concerns of governments and the general public.”
The results, which also appeared in the peer-reviewed journal Diabetes Care, are signficant because this is the first study to examine the combination of healthy fat consumption and a low-GI diet.
“The ability of canola oil to help control blood glucose in people with Type 2 diabetes adds to existing evidence of several health benefits, including CVD risk reduction,” said Shaunda Durance-Tod, M.Sc., R.D., CanolaInfo manager, Canola Council of Canada. “Further studies are now warranted on the effect of canola oil in a Mediterranean-type diet on glycemic control, blood fats and weight loss in Type 2 diabetes.”
Winners of the Crest + Oral-B Pros in the Profession award to head to Germany
CINCINNATI — Crest + Oral-B for Dental Professionals is celebrating its four registered dental hygienists Pros in the Profession award winners by sharing an exclusive grand prize trip to the Oral-B Innovation Center at Kronberg, Germany.
The Pros in the Profession award program acknowledges dental hygienists for the pivotal role they play in their patients’ lives and their personal commitment to promoting good oral health. Since September 2013, four RDHs have been awarded; a $1,000 monetary prize, a recognition plaque, features in dental trade publications and the company web site, and most recently, an all-expense paid trip to the Oral-B Innovation Center at Kronberg, Germany.
“Throughout the third year of the Pros in the Profession award program, Crest + Oral-B received some of the most outstanding nominations from dental hygienists across the country,” stated Kathleen Judkins, brand manager, P&G professional oral health. “The four winners of this program: Michelle Vacha, Heather Steich, Mallory Edmondson and Amy Kinnamon, dedicate their lives to go above and beyond the call of duty for their patients and their community, everyday. We are excited to share the latest innovations from Crest + Oral-B to further their knowledge and patient care through their tour of our R&D facilities.”
During the trip to Kronberg, the winners will experience sessions with the Innovation Center’s historians, tours of the facilities – including P&G’s Digital Plaque Image Analysis machine, a sensory experience and the robotics center. This allows the winners to experience, first-hand, Crest + Oral-B’s patient-based solutions, which help dental professionals provide the best care for their patients’ oral health. As a final stop on the tour, the American hygienists will meet with German hygienists at the center’s dental office to share their respective professional experiences.